Stand Up and Speak Out on Equal Pay Day

Change The Story VT will be in Montpelier at the Vermont Statehouse on April 10 joining CTS partner Vermont Commission on Women, as well as League of Women Voters and Business and Professional Women (BPW) to engage with legislators and others on Equal Pay Day, the date symbolizing how far into 2018 women must work to earn what men earned in 2017.

Dressed in red, we will be in the statehouse to witness a Joint Resolution by the legislature at 10:30 and Governor Scott’s proclamation at noon, both designating April 10, 2018 as Equal Pay Day. Even if you can’t make it to the statehouse, you can still contact your senators and representatives and let them know which bills you want to see them support. Below is a list of bills relating to the issues of equal pay. To read the full text of the bill, click on the bill’s number. If you don’t know who your representative is, click here to find out!

S.40

Proposes to increase minimum wage to $15 by 2022. Passed in senate, in committee in house.

S.110

Proposes to require employers to keep records of and report wages of all employees to Commissioner of Labor, who will analyze and address the presence of bias, Bill is currently in committee.

S.275

Proposes to amend the Fair Employment Practices Act to expand the wage discrimination provisions to include all protected classes, to define certain terms related to wage discrimination, and to prohibit employers from requesting applicant’s salary history. Currently in committee.

H.196

Proposes to create a Family Leave Insurance Program that will provide employees with up to 12 weeks of paid family leave.

H. 294

Prohibits employers from requesting salary history. Passed in House, in committee in Senate.

H.428

Proposes that tipped employees make the minimum wage. In committee.